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QP Grünland



ZALF-Querschnittsprojekt „Grünland in Agrarlandschaften“ (Nutzungsstrategien für kalkreiches Niedermoorgrünland)

ZALF cross-sector project "Grassland in Agricultural Landscapes"


Links for project members


You want to join the QP grassland project team? Download this declaration of commitment, sign it and send it to the contact person Dr. J. Pickert.

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Participating institutes and cooperation partners

  • Institute of Land Use Systems
  • Institute of Landscape Biogeochemistry
  • Institute of Landscape Hydrology
  • Institute of Landscape Systems Analysis
  • Institute of Socio-Economics
  • Directorate
  • Department of Landscape Information Systems
  • Humboldt-University Berlin
  • Leibniz-Institute for Agricultural Engineering Potsdam-Bornim
  • FU Berlin
  • Rostock University
  • Brandenburg State Office for rural development, agriculture and farmland consolidation
  • Brandenburg State Office for mining, geology and raw materials


Head of cross-sector project: Dr. Jürgen Pickert

Technical support: Department of Research Information Systems, ZALF


It is the aim of the project to optimise the ecosystem services of low bog grasslands depending on site characteristics and land use systems.

Location Paulinenaue 

Location of QP Grünland research area in Paulinenaue


As “resource of the future” grasslands are of a particular interest for the society due to the wide range of its very specific use, rather less intensive and often well adopted to the environment. Increasing lack of arable land increases the need for the production of food (milk and meet) and biomass (bioenergy, biorefinery) from grasslands. Better, more efficient grassland based production systems can help to solve the conflict between food and feed and biomass. Beside its production itself grassland can provide highly appreciated ecosystem services, i.e. maintenance of biodiversity, carbon sequestration, regulation of climate and hydrology. These very specific ecosystem services depend on site characteristics and land use systems, therefore a multi dimensioned approach is necessary. If we are not able to reduce or stop the degradation and heterogeneity caused by long term drainage, the chances decrease for the acceptance of agricultural grassland use by the society and, as a consequence, for the provision of the grasslands important ecosystem services. Therefore more appropriate management systems have to be developed for the pasture with cattle, sheep and wild animals as well as harvesting practices for conserved feed or biomass use or landscape maintenance, having the capability for the sustainable use and the increase of grasslands overall value.

The cross sector project “grasslands” has been established in autumn 2013 to organise research on the potential of the optimisation of the ecosystem services of calcareous low bog soil grasslands in northeast Germany. The cross section research work is mainly conducted in the ZALF Paulinenaue Research Station. In a comprehensive net biotic and abiotic factors are measured in order to quantify and evaluate grasslands ecosystem services in different temporal and spatial scales.